Sunday, June 12, 2016

Late 1880's Bustle Era Dress, Worth!

From the seller:

WORTH Paris c 1883 Silk Brocade Bustle Dress SM

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This gorgeous Worth* gown is made from a claret satin brocaded with pink and cream roses. It has a boned bodice with wide lapels, cream faux vest front and pink cummerbund. The trained skirt haws a pleated front panel, with ruffle and sawtooth hem over pink pleats, gathered back. The train is backed in pleated organdy with lace border, silk underskirt with pleated hem. The faux vest is shattered and has mends, trim removed from the neckline, waistband replaced, I found a teeny tiny mend on the skirt (about 3 stitches), center back seam is opened nearly to the hem. *The dress is not labeled, but is museum attributed to Worth, from the Metropolitan Museum of Art NYC. It measures 32 inches around the bust, waist is 24, skirt is 40-48 inches long. Overall in excellent condition.

From Me:

1888 Fashion Plate

Although the Met originally declared it 1883, I just don't see 1883 in this dress.  1883 is when they were just coming out of Natural Form and back into the bustle.  The waists weren't straight across.   I see about five or six years later, like in the above fashion plate.  

The original photos from the Met:

Dress Attributed to House of Worth  (French, 1858–1956) Date: 1883 Culture: French Medium: silk Dimensions: (a) Length at CB: 15 in. (38.1 cm) (b) Length at CB: 48 1/2 in. (123.2 cm) Credit Line: Gift of Miss Agnes Miles Carpenter, 1948
Either way, it is a Worth gown from the 1880's so...

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